Parent and Student Information
- The latest eNews (Dec. 6) may be found here.
- The previous eNews are collected below.
Activities & Community Service
(*Activities require an online sign-up)
- 5:30-8:00 Restaurant Review of Taka at The Point* Sponsored by the Taste of Groton Club (limited to 14 students; by signing up you agree to write a review of the restaurant using an online app.) Canceled - will be rescheduled
- 6:00-8:00 Westford Shuttle
- 7:00-10:45 XBox and Movies in MacNeil (Including Frozen 1) with hot chocolate & cookies for snack
- 6:00-9:30/10:00 Cookie Party at Mrs. O'Connor's house* - take a shuttle to her house, (6:00, 7:15, 8:15) decorate and eat cookies (and other snacks) and enjoy a festive gathering with each other! If the 6pm shuttle is full or you missed it, take the next one at 7:15 or 8:15. You will get there! It will be fun!
- 7:00-8:30 Class Winter War - Spartan Nation - BVH Game - check-in at game to receive points for your class
- 8:15-9:30 Grocery Bingo in student lounge- Stock up for the next 9 days of school!
- 8:30-10:30 Open Gym, Fitness Center & Weight Room
- 2:00-4:00 The Point Shuttle (Departs @ 2pm, later than normal due to SATs.)
- 12:00-10:45 Xbox & Netflix Binge in MacNeil with dessert in the evening
- 4:00-5:30 Class Winter War - Spartan Nation - GVB Game - check-in at game to receive points for your class
- 6:30-8:45 $8 Cash Cab to Circle of Life fast food
- 6:45 - 10:15 FROZEN FUN - Frozen 2 and a frozen treat afterward at Menchies Frozen Yogurt @ The Point* (Sign-up to attend. This trip is for the movie Frozen 2 only. We have purchased tickets in advance to guarantee good seats. If you don't show up you will be charged for the tickets or send someone to take your seat.)
- 9:00-10:30 Open Skate - skate only, no stick & puck (We have some skates & helmets you can borrow or bring your own.)
- 8:00-10:30 Open Gym, Fitness Center & Weight Room
- 9:30-12:15 CS Project- Toy Shopping with CS Advisory Board
- 12:15-2:45 CS Project- Seven Hills Visit & Crafting* (Making 3D snowflake garland)
- 12:00-2:00 Local Shuttle
- 12:00-4:00 Hmart & Burlington Mall Trip* (sign-up early - seating is limited to 14)
- 12:00-6:00 Holiday Movie Marathon & Xbox in MacNeil
- 1:00-4:00 Football with Chex Mix & M&M's (MacNeil)
- 1:00-3:00 Open Gym, Weight Room & Fitness Center
- 2:45-4:15 DIY Beaded Ornaments in Student Lounge
Expectations: Attendance, Travel & Sign-Outs
A word (or two) regarding Sign-Outs, Absences, and Buses:
- All weekday absences or sign-outs (late arrival, early dismissal, doctor's appointment, out sick, special trip home, etc.) should be called in by the parent to the attendance line (978-448-1518), e-mailed by the parent to the attendance line (firstname.lastname@example.org) or submitted IN PERSON by the student to the Office of Student Life.
- All weekend sign-outs for boarders should be submitted electronically by the student. This information is automatically forwarded to parents. Look for the address email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in your inbox.
- For after-hours emergencies or to speak with a live person during non-school hours, please call the faculty member on duty (OD) at 978-758-7896.
- Students may not use Uber (or similar services). Lawrence Academy has a list of approved drivers and services that have passed all of the necessary background checks. Please contact Andrew Healy, dean of students, for more information.
- Students may not sign-out to a hotel unless a parent or guardian is present.
Upcoming Community Life Events & Meetings
Student Government, Committee and Club Upcoming Meetings
- B Monday 12/9/19 Lunch 11:00-11:30 CS Advisory Board Leader Mtg. Poulin Office (312SH)
- B Monday 12/9/19 Club Block Various Club Meetings
- B Monday 12/9/19 6:00-7:30 Leadership Meetings Proctor Meeting 6:30-7:30
- B Tuesday 12/10/19 Office hours SG Cabinet & Spartan Nation Poulin Office (312SH)
- B Thursday 12/12/19 Lunch 11:00-11:30 SG AAA Committee Poulin Office (312SH)
- B Thursday 12/12/19 Office hours OCW Planning Team Poulin Office (312SH)
Student Government Committees
Anyone may join a committee – students do not need to be elected to SG to be a member of a committee. Faculty are welcome to join the committees as well. Click here to join a committee.
- Community Life Committee – this the group works on activities, the calendar of events and plans specific weekend events together. Club leaders, proctors, and anyone else who wants to get involved with the activities we offer beyond the academic day may serve on this committee.
- Food Committee – meet with DH staff to discuss suggestions and ideas for our meals; assist with planning and implementing themed meals
- Special Events Committee – plans homecoming, formal events, and end of year activities like a field day and the underclassman night.
- AAA (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) a space to discuss the intersection of these areas and how to strengthen that intersection or to discuss issues which affect these areas.
LA Cares: Service At LA
Spartan Community Collections:
Collection bins are located in the Student Lounge, Dining Hall Lobby, Conant Gallery, and Athletic Center Lobby.
Full School Year: Non-perishable food through the Groton Food Project will be donated to Loaves & Fishes, a local food pantry every two months while school is in session (October, December, February & April)
Fall Term: New toys for For the Love of Erika (10/30-12/6) Click to view a video from founder and LA alumn Taylor Goodman-Leong '17.
Winter Term: New pajamas for Cradles and Crayons (In February to coincide with the Boston Bruin's PJ Collection)
Spring Term: New stuffed animals for Sleep in Heavenly Peace (so each child gets one with their new bed) [April; collection not confirmed]
The community service graduation requirement of 6 hours a year must be done during the academic year, early September 2019 through early June 2020 for freshman, sophomores and Juniors. Seniors (Class of 2020) must have their community service – senior year and all previous incomplete years – done by February 28, 2020, the last day of winter term classes. We always encourage students to volunteer over the summer for programs they are interested in learning more about, however summer hours may not be used towards the small requirement we have.
Click here to read about how to verify service hours. Many projects are offered through Lawrence Academy on the weekend and are posted in the weekend activities here on The Page or on the community service webpage. (Summer service, is wonderful and encouraged, but not accepted as part of our requirement.)
Community Service Opportunities: Play baseball with kids with disabilities, help build a house for a deserving family, organize donations for children and teens in need, visit with senior citizens and adults and children with disabilities, serve a meal at a soup kitchen, and more. Check out the full list of CS options through our online community life sign-ups. All CS projects have possible service hours to be earned in parenthesis after the title. (The start and end times include travel time, if the project is away from campus. Travel time is not counted towards required service hours.)
Upcoming "on-your-own" service options in the local Area:
For anyone who lives locally below are some options for you to get some community service hours done for the 19-20 school year. With these options, you are responsible for your own transportation.
Must be 16+ and you need to register to volunteer directly through HFH – there is no LA sign-up.
It will probably fulfill the full 6 hours for the 19-20 school year!
Parents' Association: Information/Meetings/Dates
- PA Holiday Party Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 PM in MacNeil lounge (Gray Building).
Invitations to come soon...
- February 3 - Parent Association meeting, MCC at 6:30 PM
- February 6 - Faculty and Staff Appreciation lunch, MacNeil Lounge
- April 21 - Parent Association meeting, MCC at 6:30 PM
- May 2 - Parent Association Spring Social, McDonald Library Terrace, TBD
- June 2 - Parent Volunteer party, TBD
Information & Resources
- LEXINGTON, CONCORD AND ACTON (SCHEDULED STOPS)
- (1) Lexington, Harrington School, 328 Lowell Street 6:50 AM
- (2) Alcott House Lexington Rd (AM) Concord, PM drop off at Rte. 2 at Crosby's Corner Mobil Station 7:10 AM
- (3) Concord, Rte. 2 at Paparazzi Restaurant 7:20 AM
- (4) Acton, Rte. 2A/119 at the Makaha Restaurant (AM) 7:25 AM
- Note: PM drop-off is across the street at Donelan's
- ANDOVER (SCHEDULED STOPS)
- (1) Downtown Andover (Chestnut Street parking lot located behind CVS) 7:00 AM
- (2) Route 133 intersection @ the Boston Sports Club 7:10 AM
- SPECIAL DEPARTURE TIMES
- Friday, September 6th (Class dinners) 7:00 PM departure
- Oct. 25th (Parents Weekend) 5:00 PM departure
- Nov. 11th (Winterim Night) 7:00 PM departure
- Nov. 21st (Last day of Fall exams) 2:00 PM departure
- Dec. 16th (Holiday Concert) 7:45 PM departure
- March 5th (Last day of Winter exams) 2:00 PM departure
- March 9th – March 19th (Winterim) 4:30 PM departure
- March 20th (Winterim Wrap-Up night) 6:30 PM departure
- May 26th (Prom) 2:00 PM departure
- May 28th (Sr. Parent Dinner) 5:00 PM departure
- May 29th (Graduation) 2:00 PM departure
- June 4th (Last day of Spring exams) 2:00 PM departure
- Friday, September 6th (Class dinners) 7:00 PM departure
- Both bus lines arrive on campus at approximately 7:45 AM. The academic day starts at 8:00 AM.
- Return departure from Lawrence Academy in the fall and spring is 6:30 PM (during the winter, the return is at 7:00 PM). The bus leaves from behind the dining hall.
- Students who are not able to catch the evening bus due to an away game, late practice or other school commitment must arrange for their transportation that evening; bus service is not adjusted to accommodate late practices or games.
- During the winter months, a one hour snow delay bumps the listed departure back by one hour, a two hour delay bumps the listed departure back by two hours, etc.
- When school is cancelled (weather, head's holiday or long weekend) bus service to campus is also cancelled.
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Senior Parents: The form for parent pages may be found here and you may order a 2020 Lawrencian yearbook here. Senior photos from a source other than LA's photoshoot are due October 31st. Portraits should be 300 dpi, size 1.5 x 2. Members of the Class of 2020 receive a free half-page in the yearbook, for which seniors usually design a collage, due in December. Questions? Email Ms. McGowan.
Are you interested in working with young kids? Do you want experience working with 2 year olds through Kindergarten age? Would you like to earn some community service hours right here on campus? If yes to any of these questions read on for an exciting service option you can take advantage of during a free block.
Groton Community School, located in LA South (right on campus behind Elm Tree dorm), would love to welcome LA Students to work directly with their students and teachers in their classrooms.
This is the minimum commitment:
- 6 visits of 1 hour each
- 6 weeks (1 visit per week)
- Take a 1-hour online emergency response training before you begin volunteering (this is included with the total CS Hours)
- Ask your advisor to write a brief letter a recommendation for you to be a volunteer
You can certainly volunteer more than once a week and for a period of longer than 6 weeks, but what is stated above is the minimum program we have worked out with the school.
This opportunity is available beginning the very first week we return from Thanksgiving break through the end of the school year. If you want to get started then you need to CLICK HERE to express your interest. I will connect those interested directly with the school so you can work out a schedule and receive the information you need to do the online emergency class.
If you have any questions see Mrs. Poulin or reach out to her via email.